Surprise News Of The Week: DC’s New Movie ‘Shazam!’ Is Their Best Yet

Since beginning in 2013 with Man Of Steel, the DC Extended Universe (really, once they named it that, you knew they were screwed, right?) has had quite a bumpy ride, to say the last.

Man Of Steel was relatively above average, then Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was the definition of average, then Suicide Squad came around and the pattern was clear: the DCEU was floundering and was trending only downward.

However — Justice League excludedDC and Warner Bros. have put together a nice little run with Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and now, apparently, Shazam!, which is shaping up to be another hit for Marvel’s main rival.

When the announcement that the guy the NBC comedy Chuck (do you even remember Chuck?) was going to star in a movie about a childlike superhero named Shazam!, the general consensus seemed to be: “who asked for this?”. Plus, given the track record of the DCEU, expectations were essentially six-feet-under

But after they nailed Aquamanalso originally thought to be an impossible task — the thought began to creep into people’s minds that maybe they could pull off Shazam!. And if the early reviews are any indication, that’s exactly what they did, as Shazam! is apparently the best movie they’ve done yet.

Shazam! is such a brilliant movie. It’s so tremendously fun, and incredibly scary at some points (thanks, David F. Sandberg!). It blows away every expectation and is my new favorite DC movie,” said Brandon Davis of Comicbook.com.

Ash Crossan, a reporter for Entertainment Tonight, agreed that it’s their favorite DC movie yet, saying that “Shazam! was damn near PERFECT in my book. My FAVORITE DC movie (DCEU? What are we saying now?) by far. Pure of heart, incredibly funny, full of in-jokes and references. Brought me a childlike joy to watch. This role was MADE for @ZacharyLevi… & Jack & Asher & the entire cast.”

Davis and Crossan aren’t the only one to sign it’s praises, as seemingly everyone who attended the early screening gave Shazam! a glowing review.

#Shazam was shockingly good! Reminds of me of when kids’ movies were legitimately scary (in a good way). An absolute blast from start to finish, full of heart and hilarity. My face hurt from smiling so much. Amazing deep cut DC references in there too. pic.twitter.com/ZXJOI5lcsM

— Dan Casey (@DanCasey) March 8, 2019

The scene stealer of #Shazam is Jack Dylan Grazer who is perfect as Freddy. Smart, hilarious, vulnerable & with plenty of attitude, he’s the second half of the heart of the film, with Asher Angel’s Billy Batson supplying the rest. Shazam & Freddy together are pure gold. @joblocom

— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) March 8, 2019

@ZacharyLevi exudes charisma and playfulness throughout, while showing the vulnerability and strength needed to pull off the superhero gig. He’s got the spark, to be sure, and I hope to see #Shazam pop up again and again in the DCEU, be it solo or team-up. @joblocom @ShazamMovie

— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) March 8, 2019

There are so many hilarious and absolutely clever moments in #Shazam that I lost track. There's no other superhero movie like this in existence. You never feel been-there-done-that with this one, even if some of it falls into the realm of stereotypical character tropes. @joblocom

— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) March 8, 2019

#Shazam is a laugh-out-loud funny romp that captures the innocence and challenge of being both a superhero and a kid at once. It’s clever, fun and heroic with an obvious nod to 80s classics like Big, Ghostbusters, The Goonies etc. @joblocom @ShazamMovie

— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) March 8, 2019

#Shazam is another gigantic win for DC following #Aquaman and #WonderWoman and is just so different from both of them. I love it.

— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) March 8, 2019

The cast of #Shazam⁠ ⁠ is just genius. @ZacharyLevi, @AsherAngel , @smugorange, and Mark Strong are all just awesome. I had a blast watching all of them, and they play such different parts.

Jack Dylan Glazer is an absolute scene stealer as Freddy Freeman.

— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) March 8, 2019

#Shazam is an absolute delight! Super vibrant, tons of heart & a great fun-loving vibe. The family element is a big charmer & so is the humor that comes with watching @ZacharyLevi explore his new powers. Said this after IT but it's worth repeating – @Jgrazerofficial is a star.

— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) March 8, 2019

loved #Shazam. It's super fun, very funny (a few times people were laughing so loud I missed dialogue), and exactly what they set out to make: 'Big' meets Superman. @ZacharyLevi is perfectly cast but the real surprise is @Jgrazerofficial as Freddy Freeman. Steals the show. pic.twitter.com/ssvs8Dwc2P

— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) March 8, 2019

DC is finally building a solid run: #Shazam is a delight! Its familiar origin structure is forgivable because of all the new it brings to the table – primarily it's gleeful, childlike enthusiasm, & heartfelt perspective on family. It's also the role Zachary Levi was born to play. pic.twitter.com/5zXtfFDBGm

— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) March 8, 2019

#Shazam is parts Home Alone, parts Big, a crowd pleasing family-friendly joy-filled wish-fulfillment superhero film which gets a bit over the top and cheesy at times. It’s fun and funny, and I was surprised at how much it wears it’s heart on its sleeve.

— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) March 8, 2019

#Shazam is big, goofy, lovable, and unlike anything DC has done before. Definitely in the vein of Tom Hanks' BIG, but with superhero action & lots of Batman and Superman references. I dug this film so much I wanted to give it a bear hug at the end. DC's movies keep getting better pic.twitter.com/WQJgo61gMg

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) March 8, 2019

Shazam! will be released in theaters in the United States on Friday, April 5, 2019.

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